News Four dead after car plunges into Steinway Creek in Astoria, NYPD says Steinway Creek is a waterway in Astoria, Queens, that connects to the East River. Photo Credit: Flickr/Mitch Waxman By REUTERS Updated April 5, 2014 12:47 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Four passengers were killed after a car plunged into a waterway that flows into New York City's East River late on Friday night, police and fire officials said. Rescue divers responding to a 911 call pulled four occupants - two men and two women - from the vehicle submerged in Steinway Creek. The four were declared dead on arrival at area hospitals, New York Police Department spokesman Adam Navarro said. The fifth occupant, a 20-year-old man who was the driver, escaped the car on his own with minor injuries. He took a breathalyzer test and was found to be sober and was taken to a hospital where his condition was described as stable, police said. Police identified the dead as Darius Fletcher, 21; Jada Monique Butts, 19; Jaleel Furtado, 20; and Crystal Gravely, 19. All four lived in East Elmhurst, Queens. Police were unable to confirm reports in local newspapers that the five were friends celebrating a birthday, but confirmed it would have been Gravely's 20th birthday on Saturday. Police were still investigating the accident, but said that the car, a 2009 Honda Accord, hit a curb in a dead-end street near the Steinway & Sons piano factory in Astoria, Queens, at about 10:30 p.m. before rolling into the creek. By REUTERS Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.